When a man she didn’t know approached a teenage girl, baristas at a Texas Starbucks acted quickly to ensure her safety — and their efforts have gone viral.
Brandy Roberson, the 18-year-old’s mother, published the tale on Facebook on Friday, along with a photo of the baristas’ kind gesture to her daughter: a handwritten note on a coffee cup.
“Are you okay? Do you want us to intervene? If you do, take the lid off the cup,” the message read.
On a Saturday night, the Texas resident told TODAY that her daughter, who prefers to stay anonymous, was studying alone at a Starbucks in Corpus Christi.
“She needed to go out of the home and find a quiet place to study.” She enjoys going to coffee cafes to study,” she noted in an email.
After the stranger started talking to her, a barista brought her kid “an extra hot chocolate someone forgot to pick up,” according to Roberson’s Facebook post.
As soon as the girl returned home, she informed her mother about the experience, which warmed her heart.
“She was holding the cup and she knew I’d appreciate it if someone did it for her,” Roberson added. “It made me so happy that the Starbucks staff were keeping an eye on her. That is my deepest worry as a mother: that something bad happens to my child and no one is there to assist.”
The adult male waited for a long and spoke “pretty loudly,” according to Roberson’s daughter.
“He appeared to be highly lively.” This, I assume, is what tipped off the staff. He hadn’t come in with my kid, so they assumed she didn’t know who he was,” she stated.
The adolescent thanked the barista for her thoughtful gift and assured them that she was secure. The man eventually realized she was talking to the staff and went about his business, leaving the 18-year-old alone.
Starbucks declined to respond when TODAY contacted out for further information.
Roberson stated that she did not expect her tale to go viral and that all she wanted to do was show her thanks to the kind personnel. But she’s delighted it’s brought attention to local labor.
“I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the people that work there. I hope we can all learn from them and be willing to assist anyone who appears to be in need “she stated